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Biotech Industry Veterans to Discuss Bioeconomy’s Growth at BIO’s 2014 Pacific Rim Summit

Published on 2014-11-11. Author : SpecialChem

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit Plenary Program, CEOs, CSOs and industrial biotechnology industry veterans will highlight achievements and offer insight into the quickly changing and expanding markets of renewable specialty chemical applications, biobased products, advanced biofuels and algae bioproduction. Panelists will compare feedstock production on a global scale and discuss solutions in logistics, feedstock availability, potential for economic growth, and exploring new markets. The 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy will be held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter.

“The plenary programming at the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy will feature a diverse set of executives from the industrial biotechnology sector who will highlight areas for future growth of the biobased economy,” stated Brent Erickson, Vice President, Industrial and Environmental at BIO. “This year’s Summit will offer attendees’ front rows seats to see experienced business leaders and executives provide a high-level look into what lies ahead for the industry.”

Panelists and session topics for the 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy Plenary Program include:

Innovative Technologies to Transform the Biobased Economy

Industrial biotechnology thought leaders will discuss technology breakthroughs in renewable specialty chemical applications and biobased products.


  • Steve Gatto, CEO, Entrinsic Health Solutions LLC
  • Alan Shaw, CEO, Calysta
  • Jeff Martin, Co-Founder & CEO, Yulex
  • Nicolas Denis, Principal, McKinsey & Company 

Feedstocks: A Global Comparison

This panel will explore the realities faced by feedstock producers in today’s marketplace. Panelists will delve into issues in production and logistics, feedstock availability, ability to scale, competing applications for feedstock use, and new markets.


  • Susan Jenkins, Managing Director, Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI)
  • Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Deputy Secretary General, Thai Investment Board
  • Timothy Volk, Senior Research Associate, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Dirk Kronemeijer, Founder and Managing Director, SkyNRG (invited)

Green Machines: The Latest in Algae Bioproduction

Diverse array of panelists will discuss exciting advancements in research, development, and production of algae biomass for use in fuels and other specialized applications.


  • Margaret McCormick, CEO, Matrix Genetics
  • Martin Sabarsky, CEO, Cellana
  • Jamie Levine, CEO, Sapphire Energy
  • Ami Ben-Amotz, CSO, NBT Ltd.

All programs at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters working full time for print, broadcast or web publications with valid press credentials.

About BIO

BIO is one of the world's largest trade associations representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.

Source: BIO

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